Latest posts by Obelixx

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:16

I am a regular visitor to Chelsea which has been going for over 100 years.  There is never enough seating for lunch/snacks etc and none at all in the main show garden and pavilion areas.  I always take a black plastic bin bag to sit on, a sandwich or baguette and bottled water to avoid long queues and high prices.

Definitely book a wheelchair ahead or take a lightweight folding seat if there are none left and you have people with mobility problems booked to go with you.   Wear comfy clothes and shoes.

Above all, enjoy yourselves.    

Is it worth planting a weak clematis (Perle d'Azur, Group 3)

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 19:36

I now always plant new clematis in big pots so I can nurture them and let them develop a strong root system before I sling them out in the hurly burly of the borders.  I do this because I have lost clems planted too soon - tho most do reappear, magically, a couple of years later.  I have lost others to OH being just a tad vigorous with the hoeing!

Try potting yours up and giving it good John Innes no 3 compost mixed with a  bit of MPC for moisture retention and water it well.  Give it an occasional feed of liquid tomato fertiliser to help it along.   Make sure you water it well first and plant it 3 or 4 inches/10cms deeper than it was in its pot to encourage new shoots to grow from the roots.   Cut it back to a healthy pair of leaves.

Look after it, give it some canes for support and then protect it over winter and plant it out next spring.

Plant suggestions greatfully received!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 19:29

Hosta Gold Edger copes with full sun.  It's small, but not tiny, so is good for edging borders - hence the name and would be fine in a pot if you can protect it from deep frost in winter and keep it watered in summer.  They don't like deep frozen roots or thirst.

However, you may want to consider shrubs which can cope outside all year.   I have successfully grown cream and green variegated euonymous in pots for years along with a variegated pieris - smart new red foliage in spring then creamy flowers - and trailing creamy variegated ivy.   They stood in matching pots either side of my front door in Belgium all winter and withstood -15C.  I put pansies in the gaps for winter and pelargoniums in summer for added colour.

There must be other shrubby combinations that would answer.

Last edited: 07 June 2017 19:29:59

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 15:33

Having experienced 2 or 3 bouts of unseasonally strong winds this spring I have decided we will be building permanent Munty frames for any future bean and bean and other climbing crops.   Can't be doing with chasing canes all over the place.

Just been looking at our other trees and there are two more dodgy looking ash and some goat willows that can go if we ever get a tree surgeon to come.  OH is clearing away walnut tree bits, aided and abetted - well supervised really - by the two dogs and Minstrel.   Cosmos is not a gardener.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 14:53

T'bird - I would be tempted to write and tell the pub owner why he lost so much future custom.

No chainsaws here so we'll wait for the broken branches to fall and then cut them up.  Meanwhile I have contacted 2 tree surgeons to ask for estimates for removing the ash tree and its neighbour as one is clearly weak and the other is in the wrong place too.  There are two more by the pond which can stay - or go depending on expert advice

OH is home and knows about the walnut stuff he has to shift....

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 14:12

That's good Joyce and will make a huge difference to light levels especially in winter.

Just had a late lunch and am no debating whether to plant or carry on painting..........

Strong winds = broken branches on young pear tree :(

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:32

I think so.  It's a case of wait and see.   You could also consider training it as a fan or espalier if the new shape lends itself to that.

See here for advcie form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=319

and https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=626 

This may also help - https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pear/how-to-espalier-a-pear-tree.htm 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:18

Luckily, we'd already decided this is a tree that has to go so aren't worried but there's plenty of wood hanging by just a tear of bark for OH to clear away.  To add to the fun, I've trimmed the skirts of the walnut 

Strong winds = broken branches on young pear tree :(

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:13

Trim off both broken stems as close to the trunk as possible but leaving a slight "neck" to scar over naturally.  Then loosen that tree tie before it strangles the main stem!

Have a look at the resulting shape of your tree and decide if you can live with it but I would definitely wait till autumn to re-plant if you decide to get rid.   You could try giving it a good drink, a handful or two of slow release tomato food and another drink and then mulch round the base to reduce moisture loss and weed competition.   See if it responds by autumn and then decide.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:08

Snap Hosta, except ours is an ash.

Before the one on the right - 

This morning

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